Our clinic has an orthodontist
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry aimed at correcting defects in the positioning of the teeth and the relations between the jaws. Excess crowding or spacing, tilted teeth or teeth outside the jaw arches and improper occlusal (bite) relations between the jaws all affect esthetics and normal functioning. The correction of such defects helps improve esthetics and confidence and restore normal functioning.
Is orthodontics for children only?
Not necessarily! Having orthodontic treatment at a young age may be advantageous, but this does not mean that adults cannot enjoy such treatment too. At a young age, the growth of jaw bones and the position of teeth may be affected, and in adulthood only the teeth’s location may be influenced, because the jaw bones have completed their development. In many cases, correction of the teeth’s position only will allow us to provide a solution for adults or part of a rehabilitation plan. Today there are transparent orthodontic solutions that may be particularly suitable for adults.
Should orthodontic treatment start after the primary (milk) teeth have all dropped out?
It is worth starting orthodontic care before all the milk teeth have dropped out, thus sparing the patient of various orthodontic problems that develop during their shedding. Early identification of pathological developmental conditions requires intervention at a relatively young age to reduce the problem, or even eliminate it altogether long before the milk teeth drop out. However, as already mentioned, orthodontic care can be done at any age, both for a 12-year-old child and his 60-year-old grandmother.
Is orthodontic care intended only for straightening out protruding teeth?
Orthodontic care does deal with the problem of straightening out teeth, but at the same time it provides a solution to a wide range of other esthetic and medical problems, including: changes in the jaw structure, front or rear crossbite, and functional and esthetic defects.
A routine examination for evaluation of the child’s dental state helps significantly reduce tooth disorders to which he may be exposed at a later age. However, if the defects are not corrected in childhood, some may be corrected at a later age (except for the effect on bone growth).
When should we seek orthodontic treatment?
• For achieving improved esthetics.
• For correcting tooth crowding.
• For correcting tilted or unnaturally positioned teeth.
• For repositioning impacted teeth in the dental arch.
• For correcting malocclusion (improper closing of the jaws)
• In addition, correction of occlusion defects may help reduce clicks and pain in the temporomandibular (jaw) joints.
• Orthodontic forces may also be used as part of surgical or restorative care, e.g. in an a-traumatic tooth extraction.
What are the advantages of orthodontics?
• Dental esthetics – in the long term, but also during the treatment. The staff at Dr. Jerry Cohen’s dental clinic also specializes in brace-free orthodontics, a method that maintains the patient’s esthetic appearance throughout the treatment.
• Prevention of pain and discomfort.
• Improvement in hygiene and prevention of periodontal (gum) disease.
• Correct distribution of masticatory (chewing) forces.